Hometown Favorite Willie Allen Wins at Nashville
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Hometown hero Willie Allen wooed the Nashville fans by winning at the Fairgrounds Speedway on Sunday. Allen held off Josh Hamner and Brian Campbell for his first career ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division victory. "Man it was a great day," said an ecstatic Allen from victory lane. "It is so awesome to win out here in front of the hometown fans." Allen took the lead away from Hamner on lap 105 and never looked back, leading the final 95 laps.

Fast qualifier Landon Cassill drew a six for the invert. This allowed Brent Downey and Tommy Joe Martins to start on the front row. When the green flag fell Downey jumped out to the early lead. Two of the top six drivers in the ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division point standings suffered problems in the first fifteen laps of the race. Chris Eggleston brought his 5K Motorsports entry to the pit lane on lap 8 with a broken crank. The failure relegated Eggleston to the 27th position. Drew Brannon came down pit road on lap 14 with a broken yoke in his drive system. Brannon spent fifty laps in the pits making repairs before finishing in the 19th spot.

On lap 29, Brandon Johnson grabbed the top spot away from Downey while Josh Hamner followed Johnson through into the second position. Hamner took control of the race lead on lap 57 when he worked his www.wciparts.com Ford past Johnson's Suncoast Plastering entry on the backstretch. By lap 58, fast qualifier Landon Cassill had worked his way from the sixth starting spot into the third position.

At lap 62, yet another top driver in the point standings ran into trouble. As Eddie Hoffman and Dillon Oliver raced side by side for position exiting turn four, the two made contact. Oliver attempted to save his car, but finally lost control entering turn one. When Oliver finally came to a stop, Peter Cozzolino had nowhere to go and crashed hard into Oliver. Cozzolino sustained heavy damage, but would finish the race in 20th position sixty one laps off the pace after making extensive repairs.

As Josh Hamner continued to lead the race, Landon Cassill began to put pressure on Brandon Johnson for second. Coming off of turn two on lap 91, Johnson and Cassill made contact forcing both into the outside wall. As the two cars slid down to the inside of the racetrack, early race leader Brent Downey piled in as the bottom of the track was blocked. Downey was yet another driver at the top of the ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division standings who fell victim to the Fairgrounds Speedway. Cassill, Johnson, and Downey were unable to continue in the race. They finished 22nd, 23rd, and 24th respectively.

After the halfway caution at lap 100 Josh Hamner restarted as the leader with Willie Allen in second and Tommy Joe Martins in third. Allen worked his way past Hamner on lap 105 for the lead, as Martins got past Hamner for second on lap 118. However, Tommy Joe Martins cut down his second tire in as many races on lap 123 and spun entering turn three. Martins recovered to finish one lap down in the eleventh spot; however the finish was not indicative of the strength of the Cross Concrete machine of Martins.

Brian Campbell, who entered the race as the point leader in the ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division, worked his way past Keeton Hanks for third spot on lap 142. Dillon Oliver raced past Hanks on the next lap to earn the fourth spot after overcoming his earlier contact with Hoffman. On lap 165 Oliver passed Campbell for third. However, Oliver's day would go south with less than ten laps remaining as the engine let go on the Potencia Energy Drink/Piranha Water machine. This relegated Oliver to a 16th place finish, eight laps shy of the checkered flag.

At the front of the field it was all Willie Allen, the hometown hero. Allen led the final 95 laps in route to his first career ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division victory. Allen and the rest of the ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division teams will return to action on Saturday August 15th 2009 at the Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tennessee. To find out more information about the ASA Late Model Series be sure to log on to www.asalatemodels.com.

Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Results

1. 26 Willie Allen 200
2. 38 Josh Hamner 200
3. 20 Brian Campbell 200
4. 8 Eddie Hoffman 200
5. 09 Keeton Hanks 200
6. 75 David Odell 200
7. 93 Kyle Sirrizotti 200
8. 88 Trent Snyder 200
9. 16 Austin Siebert 200
10. 2 Patrick Lawson 200
11. 44 Tommy Joe Martins 199
12. 64 Griffin McGrath 199
13. 17 Martin Tuck 199
14. 76 Jerick Johnson 199
15. 28 David Wood 199
16. 33 Dillon Oliver 192
17. 9 Kurt Jett 192
18. 55 Mason Mitchell 171
19. 08 Drew Brannon 150
20. 11 Peter Cozzolino 139
21. 0 Bobby Dotter 100
22. 61 Landon Cassill 91
23. 93 Brandon Johnson 91
24. 25 Brent Downey 90
25. 125 Scott Rueschenburg 83
26. 98 Bobby Buttrey 46
27. 17 Chris Eggleston 8
28. 48 Billy Crane 2

Willie Allen and his team in victory lane at Nashville. (ASA LM Photos)